Franklin Main Street Festival April 28-29

29th Annual Franklin Main Street Festival
set for April 28-29, 2012

Franklin, TN – Franklin’s 29th annual Main Street Festival celebrates spring in one of America’s favorite downtown districts April 28 and 29, 2012.

Hours for the free street festival are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the Fourth Avenue Street Dance continuing until 10 p.m., and all activities re-opening noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Arts and crafts booths line Main Street from First to Fifth Avenue.

Presented by First Tennessee and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association, the weekend event is expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, more than 200 artisans and crafters, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors.

Handmade work to be exhibited includes original oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork, and much more.

In addition to a juried arts and crafts show, the festival offers a special area of children’s activities on Third Avenue North and in a carnival (which operates Thursday through Sunday) in the future Bicentennial Park location on North Margin Street. Free entertainment is offered continuously the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square and a second stage on Fourth Avenue North. There is a Beer/Wine Garden and a collection of some of the area’s finest food trucks on Fourth Avenue South.

There will also be a full-scale, traditional carnival at Margin Street and Second Avenue North–the site of the future City of Franklin Bicentennial Park. The carnival opens earlier than the festival on Thursday and goes through Sunday. Carnival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26-29. Thursday and Sunday offers unlimited rides with a $20 wristband.

The Main Street Festival is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and it division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Proceeds from the event are used to fulfill the mission of the organization, which is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

In addition to presenting sponsor First Tennessee, major sponsors are Publix Super Markets, Williamson Medical Center, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M., The City of Franklin, Clear Channel Radio, and FranklinIs.

For more information, please contact Nancy Williams at nwilliams@historicfranklin.com.

Entertainment acts may apply at www.tneventinfo.com. Spaces for arts and crafts booths are full.

The Main Street Festival is located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65 from I-65, three miles west to the Public Square.

For more information, see www.historicfranklin.com or call 615-591-8500. To reserve lodging, see www.visitfranklin.com.